Bahamian quarter-mile star Shaunae Miller-Uibo clocked a massive personal best and new national record but had to settle for silver behind Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser in the women’s 400m on Thursday.
Miller-Uibo, who had not lost over the event in almost two years, had looked impervious heading into the event but even she was no match for Eid Naser’s blistering run. The Bahrainian, who ran out of lane four, had the field covered by the first bend before easily fending off a fast closing Miller-Uibo down the stretch.
Eid Naser’s winning time of 48.14 was the fastest time recorded over the event in 36 years and third fastest of all time behind Czechoslovakia’s Jamila Kratochvilova (47.99) and East Germany’s Marita Koch (47.60).
Miller-Uibo who came into the competition with a long unbeaten streak over both the 400 and 200m, uncharacteristically found herself trailing off the corner and gamely chased Eid Naser to the line but could not get close enough to the runaway sprinter.
The athlete’s time of 48.37 was a new national and area record and shaved 0.6th of a second off her previous personal best. Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson finished in third place, also recording a personal best of 49.47, after fending off a challenge from the American duo of Wadeline Jonathas (49.60) and Phyllis Francis (49.61).